Bruno Fernandes: Erik ten Hag Explains How Manchester United Will Cope Without Midfielder Against Aston Villa

Bruno Fernandes: Erik ten Hag Explains How Manchester United Will Cope Without Midfielder Against Aston Villa

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said his team will have to deal with the absence of ever-present midfielder Bruno Fernandes
  • Fernandes was booked in the latter stages of United's 1-0 win over West Ham
  • The Portuguese midfielder has played in all Premier League matches for United but will miss the Aston Villa clash due to a suspension

Bruno Fernande's record of playing in every Premier League game this season will come to an end tomorrow as the Portugal star is suspended for Manchester United's clash at Aston Villa on Sunday, November 6th.

United manager Erik ten Hag has explained how his side will deal with Bruno's absence, considering the team has no depth in the forward areas especially attacking midfield.

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Bruno Fernandes has played every minute in the Premier League this season for Manchester United. Photo by John Peters.
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Fernades, who has been an influential player this season, will miss the trip to Villa Park, picking up his fifth booking of the season in Man United's 1-0 win over West Ham and must serve a one-game ban, according to Sky Sports.

Fernandes has played in most of United's matches since he signed for the club in January 2020. His tireless running and intelligence on the ball will surely be missed by the Red Devils.

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Ten Hag on Fernandes' absence

United manager has praised Fernandes and said he is still an important player for his team, according to MEN.

"Yes, until now, Bruno is so important for us. In every match, he plays really good."

Although Fernades will be a big miss, Ten Hag said he has a big squad. Therefore, they will have to call upon other players to fill his role.

"As a No.10, he's playing really good games and we have to replace him, that's the squad. Therefore, you need a squad, it's not about 11 players, you need a squad to win in a season and now we have to replace him and we will do."

Christian Eriksen is expected to play in Fernandes's role, with Fred and Casemiro forming the pivot to protect the back four.

Fernandes slammed for Garnacho comments

Sports Brief earlier reported on Fernandes getting slammed for his controversial comments about teammate Alejandro Garnacho.

The Portuguese star was criticised by fans on social media for openly criticising Alejandro Garnacho’s attitude after United’s win over Real Sociedad.

Despite Garnacho scoring the winning goal, Fernandes put a damper on him by claiming he did not have the right attitude early on in the season.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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